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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Barr.Evelyn Ukeja" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2023 06:21:46 -0700
Subject: Important Message


Dear Fund Owner

We are an Independent Legal Firm attached to the Office of the
Presidency.Our services are in need in matters concerning contract

Your name appeared in one of the weekly payment schedule Newsletters
from the Presidency and that is how we got to know about your contract
payment and all the things you have gone through. It is true that
there has been a lot of Litigation FOR and AGAINST your Contract
Payment. Some Top Government Officials want to frustrate your effort
by imposing unnecessary fees and charges,their plan is for you to
leave your Contract funds so that they will come back and claim the
funds. In Telegraphic Transfer what the APEX BANK does is to deduct
all charges and remit the balance.

You are not going to pay any fees or charges/No upfront payment. All
we need from you is a POWER OF ATTORNEY to empower us to help you
collect your Contractual Payment.We are prepared to be your
representative here in Nigeria and are ready to step on toes just to
make sure that you receive your funds. Our retaining/Professional fees
are cheap and Negotiable and can be paid after you must have received
your Payment.Our word is our bond.

Contact us immediately through the above email to
( if you want to engage our services.

Yours Faithfully,
Barr.Evelyn Ukeja
Tel: +2348056573645

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